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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (Oct. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394523482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394523484
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,925,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary-Lou Weisman is the author of MY (MIDDLE-AGED) BABY BOOK: A Record of Milestones, Millstones and Gallstones(Workman Publishing Company, 1995.) She is also a contributing commentator on Public Radio International. An award-winning journalist, she has written serious and satiric essays and articles for the New York Times, The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Isabelle on 6 Aug. 2012
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This beautifully written book is about a special kind of love, an unconditional love, which Mary-Lou and her family learn to bestow on Peter, their second son, diagnised aged two years with muscular dystrophy. He was doomed to experience progressive muscle wasting and a short life span. However this is not just the story of a family's grief.
It is about two very human, distraught parents who rage, row then reconcile and unite in love. It is about a would-be-normal child who constantly struggles against a handicapped identity. He is fun-loving, perceptive and lovable but also very demanding and profoundly needy.
With sensitivity and humour Mary-Lou tells of her feelings of guilt, her dilemmas and her constant battles to protect Peter from hurt and to give him the quality of life he deserves. With tremendous energy and creativity the family unite to make this short life special and as normal and as full of fun as possible.
This is a powerful and inspiring book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great deal like real life........... 5 Jan. 2001
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But much better written. You won't put this book down, I promise you. Mary Lou Weisman tells a heart-stopping tale of a family pulled into tragedy and that reaches out to touch--quite literally--the pulse of real life. It is hilarious, horrifying, gripping, enlightening, joyful. It is Love Story, ER, and Saturday Night Live rolled into one. You will fall in love with these people, as I did. YOu will learn something important about the meaning of love in the process.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Anyone Experiencing the Loss of a Child 23 Aug. 2012
By Prudence Lev - Published on
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Although written in the 1980s, I've not read a nonfiction book before or since that better explores the emotional upheaval that accompanies the loss of a child--in this case, a teenager. The author raised her son, doomed at birth with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, to face the challenges of youth, school, disability, and discomfort with uncompromising clarity. Unencumbered by the typical parental demands and expectations, Peter developed into a free spirit with a well-documented sense of irony and sweet humor. Peter's mother and best-selling author, Mary-Lou Weisman, has written a gentle yet raw story of a long goodbye that was, at once, brimming with love and achingly unbearable. The wisdom of her experience is a compelling read for other families in need of guidance and inspiration.
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This is a classic 26 Aug. 2012
By herbert scarf - Published on
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This is one of those rare books that manages to tell a gripping, heart-wrenching story of a family catastrophe with warmth, wit and emotional resonance. Weisman's tale of family life as it revolves around the mortal illness of a beloved son is simply
impossible to put down. This book is beautiful - it is a classic.
signed, Maggie Scarf
An important book on many levels 3 Sept. 2012
By Barry - Published on
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I have been a great admirer of Mary-Lou Weisman's writing ever since I read the first of the many essays she wrote years ago in the "Hers" column of the New York Times. And that sense of admiration increased exponentially after I read Intensive Care, her first-person account of the 13-year ordeal she and her husband Larry went through after learning that their 2 1/2 year-old son, Peter, had Duchenne muscular dystrophy--the incurable, progressively crippling disease that would ultimately claim his life.

What is so unusual and special about this book is that even though it deals honestly and graphically with the most heart-wrenching of subjects, Mary-Lou's narrative is never maudlin (it's actually humorous in parts); and at no time do you get the feeling that she is asking her readers to pity her or, just as bad, to hail her as a saint for all the heroic efforts she and husband put forth--almost always with extreme difficulty-- to bring a sense of normalcy and joy to Peter's day-to-day life.

One of things this book will impress upon you, if, like me, you've never had to go through as a parent what Mary-Lou and her husband went through, is how much of a blessing it is in life to have healthy children. And while I do not consider myself even remotely qualified to offer any advice on how you get through the kind of ordeal that Mary-Lou writes about so candidly and skillfully in Intensive Care, I can say without any hesitation that if, for whatever reason, my wife and I had been denied this blessing, this book would have been a much-needed source of comfort and encouragement.
A Knockout 28 Aug. 2012
By Carole J. Howard - Published on
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Many people recommended this book to me, saying it was funny as well as emotionally powerful (the best combination, in my opinion, though all too rare). In fact, it WAS funny and packed an emotional punch. But it was also more, so much so that it's hard to say anything that doesn't sound like a cliché.

It was real, many-layered, complex. It was courageous and intimate. It was heartbreaking and inspirational. It was a family portrait like no other, with no holds barred. Oh, and it was beautifully written, too.

Peeking into another family's story with all its pains and pleasures might seem intrusive, but Weisman invites us in. And rewards us for it.
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